Potholed roads and traffic snarls ensure that it takes 1 to 1.5 hours to reach Versova from Bandra via the Western Express Highway (WEH). However, if all goes to plan, the new Bandra Versova sea link will ensure that you cover the distance in 20 minutes by 2020.
With the central government having given the nod for the Bandra- Versova sea link, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) has rolled up its sleeves for the project. “In the next three months, we will finalise the tenders and will commence the work from 1 October,” says Radhyesham Mopalwar, MD, MSRDC.
This project was proposed to ease the traffic congestion on the overcrowded western express highway. In 2009, the Bandra- Worli sea link was thrown open. However, one of its extended part i.e. the Worli- Nariman Point link is still waiting for a green signal from the authorities. The second extension of the Bandra- Worli sealink - the Bandra-Versova link has now got the go ahead from the government. Till now, five companies have been chosen for the project based on their tenders, out of which one company will bag the project.
This project has got coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance as well and the estimated cost of the project will be Rs. 7502 crore. The project will kick-start once the tender process gets completed.
There's a catch though. Just like the Bandra Worli sea link, commuters will have to pay a toll to cross over, till 2059. That's nearly all your lifetime. But worth the time saved on commuting, we say!